Every year Pewabic’s non-descript, paved parking lot is magically transformed into a ceramic art lover’s dream, otherwise known as Garden Party. Although the transformation appears effortless to our guests, the party is a successful fundraiser because of the collaborative efforts of staff, trustees, vendors and event sponsors.

From newly designed giftware and vignettes for the home to live demonstrations and hands-on youth workshops, Garden Party is a complete picture of all that Pewabic offers the community. Creativity is the name of the game, and we weave it into every aspect of the event.

Garden  Party Vignette

Our four-day ceramic art celebration starts on the evening of June 6th with a ticketed Preview Party. The event is an exclusive treat staged around the art of over eighty ceramic artists and Pewabic designs and giftware as well as new food, and cocktails. We are excited to feature live performances from the Motor City’s jazz crooner Ben Sharkey and sculptor Mark Chatterley.

Garden Party Preview

This is my third Garden Party and the event still amazes me. Planning starts with a theme for the fundraiser. The concept becomes a vision and the vision becomes a tool for Pewabic to raise funds and awareness to help support our education outreach programs in Detroit Public Schools, maintain our National Historic Landmark building, and support the organization’s mission.

New Butterfly Tile 6in by 12in

The overall success of the Garden Party is largely driven by sponsorship and ticket sales. This year, we are proud to have Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures courtesy of Josh Linkner of Detroit Venture Partners as a sponsor. As a non-profit arts and culture organization, Pewabic is supremely lucky to have great supporters like Quicken to help the organization thrive in its 110th year of service to the Detroit community.

Garden Maker Hands on Workshop

I invite you to party with us on June 6 from 6-9p.m. The full itinerary for the Garden Party can be found on Facebook. For tickets visit our webstore.


Sandy Schuster, Director of Development